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File:Goya - Que viene el coco (Here Comes the Bogey-Man).jpg|thumb|Goya's ''Que viene el Coco'' ("Here Comes the Bogeyman / The Boogeyman is Coming") c. 1797 '''Bogeyman''' (usually spelled '''boogeyman''' in the U.S.; also spelled '''bogieman''' or '''boogie man'''; see American and British English spelling differences), pronounced or , is a common allusion to a mythical creature in many cultures used by adults to frighten children into good behavior. This monster has no specific appearance, and conceptions about it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community; in many cases, he has no set appearance in the mind of an adult or child, but is simply a non-specific embodiment of terror. Parents may tell their children that if they misbehave, the bogeyman will get them. Bogeymen may target a specific mischief—for instance, a bogeyman that punishes children who thumb sucking|suck their thumbs—or general...
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